God’s Standard

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

Matthew 7:21-23

After hearing the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:21-23 anyone would stop to think. How can we have Jesus and not enter the kingdom of heaven? Is it possible to perform miracles, wonders and signs in the name of Jesus and be rejected by Him on the Day of Judgment? But the Lord says that everything that happens to some. That means that not all His servants are going to pass the test. God’s standard is much stricter than doing things the best we can, requires them exactly according to His will.

Doing God’s will is the requirement that the Lord put to enter the kingdom of heaven. If we prayed life that God’s will on earth and in heaven is made, then it is assumed that we are interested in doing things that way. Perhaps it is easier said than done and it is difficult to know what the will of our Father is. So we must pray as did the psalmist in Psalm 143:10: Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness.

A prayer like that is going to be answered by God forever. Fortunately for us, we have at hand a reliable source to know the will of God. That source is the Bible, which tells us in Romans 12:2: And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Doing the will of God will never be a burden because His will is good, acceptable and perfect.

We will look at four components of what it means to do God’s will. The first is found in John 6:39: This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. God is keen that any should perish. If you want to do His will, then share with others the good news of salvation because evangelism is to do the will of God.

In 1 Peter 2:15 it is the second component: For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men. When we do well to others we are doing God’s will. The third component is written in 1 Thessalonians 5:18: In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Having a grateful heart is to do the will of God.

The fourth component is 1 Thessalonians 4:3: For this is the will of God, your sanctification. The following verses give a list of things that mean sanctification. All can be summarized to abandon the practice of sin. Paul mentions including fornication and deception. Being Holy God, we as His children are called to be saints and being like this we are doing His will. The standard of God means doing His will as He says in His Word. Therefore, we start from today to share the Gospel, to do well to all, to give thanks for everything and keep us far from sin. Thus we enter the kingdom of heaven. God bless you.

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